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hurricane sandy affected communications and what it revealed about telecommunication systems during emergencies. then vice president and others are in attendance at a pentagon announcement of a new navy submarine called the uss delaware. and later the senate returns at 2 p.m. eastern from its thanksgiving recess with a possible vote on the sportsmen's bill. that would allow for more recreational hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities in national parks. >> host: well, one of the major effects of hurricane sandy was on telecommunications, and that's our topic this week on "the communicators." christopher guttman-mccabe is the vice president of ctia, the wireless association. they represent all the wireless companies. mr. guttman-mccabe, overall what was the effect of sandy on your member organizations, the verizons, the at&ts, sprints, etc. >> guest: sure, peter, and thanks for having me back. if you don't mind, i wouldn't mind taking a half step back and providing perspective on this storm and ultimately the impact that it had. if you listen to mayor bloomberg who said that th
, if we could start with events of the week. >> guest: yes. >> host: hurricane sandy. >> guest: yes. >> host: um, what is your assessment? there have been reports that up to 25% of cell towers in the northeast have been knocked out, that people are now using pay phones because their service is not working. what is your assessment of the carriers and their ability to maintain phone service for people in these affected areas? >> guest: peter, first of all, allow me to thank you, the both of you, for allowing me to be here today. um, also, my condolences, of course, go out to the families. there are many loved ones who were lost in this, in this tragic event, so my condolences go out to them, and, of course, hats off to those brave first responders who answered, continue to answer the call. in terms of the fcc' engagement as you know, the chairman literally spent the night at the agency. public safety person did the same. and we are definitely engaged in the process, have been working firsthand with fema to make an overall assessment. you're right in terms of those initial numbers, tha
responders and hurricanes sandy and their ability to communicate? >> a couple of things about new york. new york has a system called plan. i am horrible with acronyms but i think it is personal -- i cannot remember what the acronym is but it is a personalized alerts. the a stands for alert. what i saw from that standpoint was that the individuals who had enabled the phones found out what was going on. that was an augmented help to first responders. we worked with fema and other entities to ensure the systems' and back of systems were in place. we worked with radio stations to ensure they have backup power in terms of generators. what i am seeing is, again, how codependent we are and how much i communications back up, that infrastructure, how much that means, especially in times of crisis. the fcc was all hands on, open 24/7 to ensure that wherever there were deficiencies, there.ere >> you have been nominated for a second term by a pope, but not confirmed by the senate. >> this is true -- by barack obama, but not confirmed by the senate. >> this is true. >> there are rumors you would be desi
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